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there they discussed the crisis. >> we're united in our determination to impose costs on russia for actions. as they move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world these russianbacked groups are not peaceful protesters. they're heavily armed militants who are receiving support from russia. >> our guest is a fellow at the george washington university institute for public diplomacy and global communication. always good to get your perspective. punishing russia, is it going to be financial? is it the president at some point, do you see any indication he's going to be willing to go farther than just financial sanction, waver that may be? >> well, there are limited tools here. putin habs the strongest cards to play in this particular crisis. what happens in ukraine is far more important to russia and to europe than it is, you know, to the united states. the president has been able to inflick some costs on putin. the markets have inflicted some costs on russia. obviously, first and foremost, up to vladimir putin how far this goes. >> you wrote that angela merkel, chancellor
, new and deadly battles in ukraine and the u.s. delivers another warning to russia. a live report ahead. >>> the woman at the center of the donald sterling debacle now says he is not a racist. the role she's playing in his life today. >>> what led to one woman's gutt feeling that in the end prevented a teen's potential gun mele and massacre. the backstory behind her 911 call. >>> it's called the most exciting two minutes in sports. the kentucky derby. dylan dreyer reports on america's biggest horse race set to run in just hours. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to weekends with alex bit. witt. i'm richard lui. the deadliest day in months in the ukraine. at least 42 are dead as protests broke out. pro russian separatists and government supporters clashed in the streets and threw firebombs and stones as riot police attempted to suppress the flairup. in a statement this morning a spokesman for russian president vladimir putin claimed that the new government in kiev was a direct participant in the violence in odessa. there was some good news today that pro russian separatists have re
the president was certainly prepared for, and that is addressing the new sanctions for russia. kristen, what's the latest on that front? >> reporter: he was asked why the united states wouldn't move forward unilaterally with the biggest sanctions that would have a big bite on the russian economy, not onboard with sectoral with the sanctions, because they believe it could hurt their economy. they say it's more powerful to present a united front with its european allies, and to impose sanctions, therefore, on more high-ranking individuals, those who are closest to putin. president obama making the point if the united states would move forward unilaterally, it would give putin an opening to make it a face-off against the u.s. and russia. tony earlier today said on "meet the press" that the u.s. isn't ruling anything out, including potentially targeting putin himself. alex? >> kristen, i do want to ask you about that poignant moment today as the president was speaking at the town hall with university students, and he reflected on losing his mother to cancer. what did he say? >> reporter: right.
could come against russia as early as monday. also overshadowed by those mideast peace talks that fell apart earlier this week. >> speaking of earlier this week, the president of course visiting south korea. what was his message there. >> well, he reaffirmed the united states commitment to south korea and also had more strong words, stern warning for north korea. essentially saying north korea would only become more isolated if it engaged in further incidents like the nuclear test. >> north korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a path that leads only to more isolation. it's not a sign of strength. anybody can make threats. anyone can move an army. anyone can show off a missile. that doesn't make you strong. it does not lead to security or opportunity or respect. those things don't come through force. they have to be earned. >> president obama also thanked american troops who are stationed in south korea. he spoke to them before he left the country and also offered his condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in that ferry accident in south korea. alex. >> okay, th
. now today moscow said that it's taking steps to resolve the situation but elsewhere, alex, russia is escalating the tension. in addition to those ground maneuvers you mentioned close to the boirter, there is now -- they're now showcasing state of the art s 300 antimissile systems, russian jet fighters are crossing -- have crossed several times in the past 24 hours and according to the pentagon russian troops are doing what they call, pulsing. that's fainting an invasion only to stop short of the border and peel off north and south. it's apparently a way to test ukraine's reaction in case of a real invasion. of course, alex, finally with all of this going on, the worry is that with president obama and putin no longer talking to each other, the chances of any resolution of this crisis are low but the chances of a dangerous miscalculation on either side are very high. alex, back to you. >> okay, jim maceda. when we next speak i'd like to talk to you about what you found when you went to the ukrainian monastery. we'll get to that next time. thanks so much. >>> more details are emergin
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